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Point Au Roche State Park

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Address
19 Camp Red Cloud Road
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
Latitude 44.785732
Longitude -73.382385

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Pet Policy

A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Point Au Roche State Park, on the northwestern shore of Lake Champlain, is a mixture of open and forested areas, most of them natural and undeveloped. The park's large day-use area has a protected, sandy beach and picnic facilities. Boating and fishing are popular activities, as are volleyball, softball and other games. The park offers 60 designated mooring sites in Deep Bay. The Nature Center offers a variety of programs; and, is available to the public all year. The park's trails, including nature, hiking and biking trails, wind through interesting habitats, from forest to marsh to shoreline. The trails are in use all year for school programs, nature hikes and cross-country skiing. The park also provides access for ice fishing.

Pavilion Information
Point Au Roche has two pavilions. The day use price is $75 and can accommodate up to 50 people. Check availability at ReserveAmerica.com.

The Vehicle Use Fee (VUF) to gain entry into the park is not included with pavilion rentals.

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in campsites and day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Park and park trails are open year-round from sunrise until sunset.

    Point au Roche Nature Center:
    Open Year Round
    Thursday-Monday 9:00am-3:00pm
    Closed Tuesday and Wednesday
    *Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving


    Nature Center programs are run year-round. Please contact Nature Center at 518-563-6444 for inquires.

  • 2024 Swimming Season: 6/22 - 9/2, 11 am - 7 pm
  • Moorings: Not available this season
  • Boat Launch, open year round, sunrise to sunset, daily.
  • 2024 Shelter Rentals: 5/17 - 10/14

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Moorings
  • The mooring fee is charged to any boat hooked to one of the mooring lines. It should not be mistaken for an overnight fee. Any boaters who refuse to pay, will be asked to unhook from the mooring line. When multiple boats are hooked to one single line, the boaters, will be asked to separate.

  • Mooring Fees
  • Mooring Usage Fee $17

    Surcharges:
    Weekend/Hol $4 (The weekend fee is charged on Friday and Saturday evenings (or) Saturday and Sunday mornings.)

    Out-of-State $5

  • Vehicle Entry Fee
  • Toll Booth Hours:

    5/24-9/2
    10AM-7PM (Beach $7, Non-Beach $6)

    Bus Use (Daily)
    Commercial $75
    Non Profit $35


  • Kayak/Canoe Storage Rack Rental
  • Daily Rental: 1 boat $10/day 2 boats $15/day "boats must be removed by sunset"
    Weekly Rental: 1 boat $25/week  2 boats 40/week  "7 day/6nights- boats must be removed by 11am on 7th day"
    Seasonal Rental: 1 boat $100/year   2 boats 150/year "April 1st -October 31st"

    *Racks are first come/first serve.  For more information, please contact park office at 1 (518) 563-0369

Maps

Digital Maps

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Fri 01 Mar
BIRDING WALK WITH CHAMPLAIN AREA TRAILS
Friday, March 1, 2024 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join staff from Point Au Roche and Champlain Area Trails for an easy walk to search for some of the birds that stick around in the winter. All experience levels and abilities welcome! Bring your own binoculars, or we have a few pairs available to loan - first come, first served.
Sat 02 Mar
SIGNS OF LIFE WALK
Saturday, March 2, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for an approximately 1 mile walk on the park trails. This time of year, the plants seem dead and the park can seem empty of animals, but we'll search for signs of life and find them everywhere! All ages and abilities welcome!
Mon 04 Mar
LITTLE EXPLORERS – MOUNTAINS
Monday, March 4, 2024 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Point Au Roche State Park
Join a park naturalist for our nature-themed story and playtime for ages 0-5! Come explore with stories, songs, and art projects from 10-10:30, then stay for some outdoor playtime! Here in Plattsburgh we are lucky to be in the valley between two major mountain ranges. Let's learn about these majestic marvels and explore some of the critters that can survive on their perilous peaks!
Sat 09 Mar
LEPRECHAUN HUNT!
Saturday, March 9, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
A mischievous leprechaun has hidden his gold on the trails around the Nature Center! Come get your own map and list of clues and set-off to search for the treasure! Exchange your "gold" for prizes back at the Nature Center! The park naturalist will be available to help with map reading and assist in the hunt. Pick up your map any time between 10am and 12pm, prizes available until 12:30pm. All ages and abilities welcome!
Sat 09 Mar
CLIMATE CREW MEETING
Saturday, March 9, 2024 02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Point Au Roche State Park
Climate Crew is a student-led club for any kid in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade interested in learning more about and helping the environment! New members always welcome! Email kristin.collins@parks.ny.gov for more information.

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Biking
  • Boat Launches
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Ice Fishing
  • Nature Center (Accessible)
  • Pavilions and Shelter Rentals (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Snowshoeing/X-Country Skiing
  • Swimming Beach